Miles hoping to lure Tillman from Miss.

Each year, the LSU coaching staff crosses over the state line and steals at least one of Mississippi's top prospects. <br><br> The Tigers struck out for the first time in quite a while with the Class of 2005 but they hope to bounce back in 2006. <br><br> There are several players in the Magnolia State that have a scholarship offer from Les Miles and company and at the top of the list is Meadville High School defensive end Marcus Tillman.

The 6-4, 250-pounder is a tremendous pass rusher coming off the edge and is very hard to contain due to his 4.6-speed. Last season, he was one of the state's leaders with 16 sacks to his credit and he accomplished that feat despite the constant double-teams he attracted.

"I have a quick first step that allows me to hit the offensive linemen first before they have a chance to know what hit them," Tillman said. "Once I get past them then it is all about bringing the quarterback down."

Tillman was one of the many prospects that attended LSU's Junior Day several weeks ago and he said the trip was a big hit.

"I liked it a lot and was impressed with everything," said Tillman, who also has offers from Mississippi State, Texas A&M and Southern Miss. "The academic center was great and it seems like a real nice environment. The coaches were easy to talk to and you could tell they knew a lot about football. I‘ll be going back during the summer for a camp so I'll see a little more then."

LSU has been one of the schools the star defensive end has always followed but the last few years he has paid a little more attention to the Tigers' success.

"I always liked LSU but I really took notice of them when they won the national championship," he said. "It seemed like for a while they were ruling the SEC. I want to go to a place where I'll have a chance to win some rings. LSU would give me that opportunity."

By the numbers: 285-lb. Bench/475-lb. Squat/33" Vertical/3.3 GPA/19 ACT

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